Ginger Tea

So, your feeling ill. You have all the classic symptoms — sore throat….runny nose….sneezing incessantly……a fever…..coughing….. aches……chills……you just can’t seem to get warm…..not to mention, your eyes are burning, the air is too cold to breathe in, and your feeling nauseous from all the sinus drainage, and you are certain that you have the flu.

Or maybe all you have is a bad cold.

Or, quite possibly, you just have that old hum~drum ailment that is so unromantic, the stomach bug.

Or you have exciting news about a new addition that will soon be with your family, and you would like to tell everyone the news yourself, thank you very much. But that old complaint, commonly called morning sickness, is telling everyone around you for you.

No matter the ailment, here is the solution to your misery…..introducing, the amazing, the one and only herb to cure all these ailments, Ginger!

So, what is up with this ginger spice? Or is it a root? What does it do for you? Well, I touched on it some in this post, when I shared the recipe for the flu shot with you.

But there is so much more that it does.

Ginger is a plant that grows in Southern China, and has also been found in Asia, West Africa, and the Caribbean. It is identified by the clusters of white and pink blooms that burst into beautiful yellow flowers in April or May. The root, the part that is widely used in natural remedies and is so effective against many common complaints, is used after the plant has died off.

Ginger flower in full bloom. Picture from Wikipedia

Ginger root is a spice commonly found in Asian food. With it’s pungently spicy aromatic smell and taste, it is also found in many dishes that use orange juice or flavoring, as the flavors pair well together. It is used powdered as a spice around Christmas time, and in many seasonal dishes.

God designed ginger root to have many wonderful properties. It aids in expectoration. It increases perspiration (a wonderful thing to know if someone in your family has a high fever and isn’t able to sweat it off….). It improves digestion, and aids liver health. It helps control nausea and vomiting and coughing. It will quickly relieve you of morning sickness or motion sickness or sea sickness. It helps relieve pain and relaxes muscle spasms. It helps with heart burn. It  is a “warming” spice, meaning it helps to control those deep-inside-you shivery feelings, when you just can’t get warm, by warming you up from the inside out. It’s anti-inflammatory properties help with arthritis, headaches (including migraines), toothaches, rheumatoid arthritis, and tendonitis. It’s anti-viral properties help with bronchitis, the flu, and to control fevers. It aids in the prevention of blood clots. It has also been found that ginger root suppresses cancer cells, causing apoptosis (the death) of the cells, halting the progression of cancer.

Ginger is an amazing spice. Absolutely amazing. I stand in awe of our Creator for creating something so amazing that contains so many healing properties in one.

So, how would you ingest this spice?

Our family makes a tea out of it, using two additional ingredients that most people have on hand in their pantry. You will need two inches of fresh ginger root (found in the produce section of your local supermarket), peeled, the juice of one fresh lemon, and 2 TBS. raw honey. You will also need hot water. From there, you can choose how to proceed. There are two main methods of making the tea, depending on what you have on hand in your kitchen.

METHOD #1: Place the ginger and lemon juice in a high speed blender (like a Vitamix or Ninja) and blend until there are no more chunks of ginger. Pour into a quart mason jar and fill with hot water, adding the honey and stirring well. Let stand for five minutes before drinking.

METHOD #2: Cut the ginger into smaller chunks, or smash flat with a meat hammer, and place in a quart mason jar. Add the lemon juice. Pour the hot water over it until the jar is full, and let sit for five minutes. Strain, add honey, and enjoy.

This can be made and stored in the fridge for three days. During sickness our family tries to drink a cup (about 8 oz.) every hour, until we feel better, and at breakfast, lunch, and dinner for about three days afterwards to make sure that whatever it is that we had is gone. For nausea I would drink it whenever you felt sick. The tea is safe to use as often as it is needed.

 

 

DISCLAIMER ~ Nothing in this post is intended to treat or diagnose illness….please use your common sense =)

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